China Mobile Adds 9M 4G Customers in August

China Mobile revealed Monday that it added more than 9 million new customers in August for its recently launched 4G LTE service.

The operator announced its customer data for August Monday morning. It now claims to have nearly 30 million customers on its LTE service, up from just over 20 million in July.

To put that in context, that would be roughly equivalent to the entire population of New Jersey signing up for 4G service in a single month.

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China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL) launched the 4G service in December 2013. It is using the home-grown LTE TDD specification for its initial deployment, rather than the more commonly used FDD specification (See Defining 4G: What the Heck Is LTE TDD?)

The rapid growth will likely be good news for China Mobile's network providers, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Nokia Networks and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763). (See Nokia Networks Boasts China Mobile 4G Deals and ZTE Rides China 4G Rollout to Higher Profits .)

The 4G service was the first on the mainland to offer Chinese consumers the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone. (See Apple-China Mobile Deal: A Boost for LTE TDD in 2014.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

Liz Greenberg 9/23/2014 | 6:22:58 PM
Re: Adding Customers not Enough My guess is both...the market in China is huge so it would be nice to know in percentages how much ofthe population currently is using mobile phones period and then a break down from there.  Given that the majority of China lacked landlines, they went directly to mobile so I would expect pretty good market penetration.
Kruz 9/23/2014 | 9:34:30 AM
Re: Adding Customers not Enough Are they new comers or users simply migrating to 4g?(in both cases, figures are still considerable).
Liz Greenberg 9/22/2014 | 7:30:48 PM
Re: Adding Customers not Enough I am with you Phil.  It is impossible to corroborate these numbers but the reality is that it doesn't really matter anyway.  Since they are using their own homegrown standard, competition is limited and it is really just up to the handset manufacturers to decide if they want to support it. Obviously Apple is and others will as well.  Let's just hope that one day they drop the firewall restrictions so that the users can really take advantage of what their network has to offer.
Phil_Britt 9/22/2014 | 3:39:46 PM
Adding Customers not Enough China Mobile may have added that many more customers? But at a profit (or at a short-term acceptable loss?) Who knows? Financial reporting from Chinese companies is iffy at best.
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